The link between concussions and cognitive degenerative diseases

On Behalf of | Mar 14, 2022 | Personal Injury |

Millions of Americans make a huge pastime out of American football. We love to watch our favorite teams vie for the win as they rush headlong into their opponents, throwing their bodies directly into brick wall-like lines of defense. We cheer as they thrust themselves into the endzone full-throttle.

There’s no question that football is a rough sport. While players wear head-to-toe protective gear, injuries are still very common. Lately, there has been increasing concern over the long-term effects of frequent concussions and head injuries. Questions are being raised over whether the NFL sufficiently warns prospective players of the risks involved in playing such a high-contact sport.

Pro-sports head injuries can mean serious business

A study of 202 former U.S. football players with a history of cognitive impairment showed diagnostic signs of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) in 87% of their brains. When the study looked exclusively at former NFL players, the number jumped to 99%. 

The challenge of understanding this possible correlation between concussions and CTE is that CTE can only be diagnosed in an autopsy. It is worth noting, however, that of the players whose brains were studied, all of them showed signs of mood, behavioral and cognitive impairment which progressed as they aged.

If you are showing symptoms of cognitive degeneration due to a sport-related injury and you believe you were misled about the dangers by your team’s managers or owners, consult with a medical professional. You may qualify for personal injury compensation to support you as you pursue treatment.